Project Researcher – Anti-SLAPP

We are hiring a co-ordinator to steer our new research project on SLAPPs

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are a big threat to journalists across Europe. SLAPPs are lawsuits brought forward by powerful actors (e.g. companies, public officials in their private capacity, high profile persons) to harass and silence those speaking out in the public interest. Journalists, in their watchdog role, are typical victims. This is a project-funded position for a period of six months, starting September 2020, with the possibility of continued employment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring and collecting SLAPP cases from around Europe
  • Documenting these cases on the Mapping Media Freedom platform to provide a basis for analysis
  • Liaising with the in-country media workers’ associations, boards and organisations, to follow-up on the nature of SLAPP cases and verify information received
  • Following-up and updating reports on the development and impact of cases
  • Developing and managing relations with other organisations working on SLAPPs
  • Supporting legal and advocacy work with national and intergovernmental entities like the European Union and the Council of Europe to support advocacy on SLAPPs
  • Supporting the drafting of statements, briefs and policy papers on the issue as required
  • Using social media channels for further dissemination

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least 1-2 years’ of professional experience;
  • A degree in a socio-political subject (political science, communication science, media studies, law, human rights) or equivalent educational programme
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of additional languages spoken in Europe is a bonus

You can expect from us:

  • You will be working in a team with a collegial atmosphere in an international environment
  • Your salary will be based on TVL – 10, depending on previous expertise
  • This is a full-time position (40 hours per week)
  • A workplace in the Gohlis district in the city of Leipzig, including German employment benefits
  • The possibility of continued employment


We look forward to hearing from you!

Application Deadline: July 26th, 2020

Please send your application letter and CV by email to

You must be entitled to live and work in the European Union.

Please note that we can only notify successful candidates for the next round of the selection process.

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